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Should I be taking more science and math classes in high school if I want to be a nurse?

Updated Walnut Creek, California

I've been thinking of becoming a nurse, but I have been taking a lot more English classes than Math/Science because I do quite like English and I'm scared of taking more advanced Math/Science classes since I want to understand everything since it's such a major part of the career. So I'm just wondering if colleges/jobs will still take me seriously when I say I want to go into nursing despite having so many English credits? #pediatric-nursing #credit #high-school-classes #nursing

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Victoria’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas
Hi Nicole Kelly, This is a really great question. Many universities and colleges will let you pursue a degree even if you don't follow a traditional path as long as you have the right prerequisites. So look at the nursing schools you are interested in and see what courses they require for admissions. You can go to their website and see exactly what they require you to take in order to be able to apply for their program. You may have to explain why you took so much English in your essay or during your interview but that is okay. Once you find out what prerequisites you need, sit down with your counselor or mentor and map out a path. I have had to take some very difficult classes in a different major and it seemed scary at first but if you take the class with a buddy and create a study group and go to office hours and work hard, you will get through those hard classes. We really need pediatric nurses. This is a very special kind of nurse and being able to communicate and inspire children with all your great background in English and story telling might be the best medicine for making a child better. Pediatric nurses have to communicate with children and their families. I think you can make a real difference by combining the two interests. Who knows, maybe you can create a book or website for kids that combine medicine AND English. I am very excited for you. I know you will be great at whatever you do :) ! #stemcareers, #stem, #college-major, #nursing

Nancy’s Answer

Updated
Nicole, Victoria had good advice. That said, college preparatory level biology, chemistry, and physics are good subjects to take in high school for any possible health career in your future. It is not necessary to take advanced placement science to apply to nursing programs, in general.